Book reviews

Stimulating exploration of the complexities of sex-integrated sport

To promote gender equality in sport, is sex integrated sports the way to go? Food for thoughts on this topic is provided in Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture: Promises and Pitfalls, edited by Channon, Dashper, Fletcher & Lake (Routledge). Our reviewer is Mark Brooke, whose thinking on the matter was greatly stimulated by the various contributions in this volume.

Den kommersiella idrottens utveckling speglat i sex amerikanska rättsfall om yttrandefrihet vs. förtal

John S. Hellström har läst Sarah K. Fields’ intressanta rättshistoriska skildring Game Faces: Sport celebrity and the laws of reputation (University of Illinois Press), och finner att det kanske mest intressanta i hela boken sannolikt upptäcktes av en slump av författaren, som därmed, eller i alla händelser, inte fördjupat analysen i den delen.

Original take on football fandom makes a relevant contribution

Focussing on supporter activism and cooperation, Christian Brandt, Fabian Hertel and Sean Huddleston have gathered contributions for their edited volume Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation (Routledge). It represents a refreshing approach to the phenomenon of football fandom, according to Lise Joern, and a welcome addition to the literature in this field.

En av världens mest förnämliga ishockeybiografier

Pelle Lindberghs korta och framgångsrika liv och karriär och hans dramatiska och tragiska död behandlas varsamt i Thomas Tynanders biografi Pelle Lindbergh (Pintxo förlag). Landets ledande ishockeyforskare, idrottshistorikern Tobias Stark, har läst, och storligen imponerats av, Tynanders välskrivna ishockeybiografi.

Med kultur som förstoringsglas: Anglosfäriska texter om kvinnor och ”action”-sport

I antologin Women in Action Sport Cultures: Identity, Politics and Experience diskuterar redaktörerna Holly Thorpe och Rebecca Olive tillsammans med ytterligare 27 bidragsgivare de utmaningar kvinnor står inför i samtidens idrottskulturer. Sveriges ledande actionsportkulturforskare Åsa Bäckström, som ogillar ”action” men gillar ”kultur”, är vår recensent.

Thoughtful and astute observations of the complex relationship of sport and social issues

Sport is seen by many as a panacea to cure all social ills. It’s not all that simple, as David Ekholm shows in his PhD thesis Sport as a Means of Responding to Social Problems: Rationales of Government, Welfare and Social Change (Linköping University). Our reviewer is renowned sport sociologist Alan Bairner of Loughborough University, UK.

Women and sport from an American point of view

Every struggle for equality between men and women is hard fought, and at best ends with a victory hard-won. That this is true also in sports is amply demonstrated in Ellen Staurowsky’s edited volume Women and Sport: Continuing a Journey of Liberation and Celebration (Human Kinetics). Our reviewer is Anna Maria Hellborg.

Iceland in the world of élite sports – Viking heredity or modern-day smarts?

Iceland’s sporting successes of late, including being the smallest nation to ever qualify for the FIFA World Cup, have prompted Vidar Halldorsson, an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Iceland, to attempt an explanation. His Sport in Iceland: How Small Nations Achieve International Success gets a mostly favorable review by Eivind Å. Skille.

“Green with Empathy”: A Review

Vybarr Cregan-Reid is a Reader in English and Environmental Humanities at the University of Kent, but he is also an ardent and intellectual runner, as witnessed by his book Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human (Ebury Press). Diane McManus is our reviewer, and she is obviously taken by Cregan-Reid’s poetic philosophy of running.

Mer än ett praktverk – välskriven och informativ ishockeyhistorik

Att hissa en hockeyspelares tröja efter avslutad karriär har blivit en viktig symbolhandling. Om detta fenomen skriver Lars Ingels i sin generöst illustrerade Tröjorna i taken: Hissade tröjor och pensionerade tröjnummer i SHL, Hockeyallsvenskan, Hockeyettan och NHL (Sportförlaget). Ingels’ bok recenseras här av hockeyforskarlegendaren Tobias Stark som är imponerad och förtjust.